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Oilers pick up first regulation victory over Coyotes since 2011

Oilers pick up first regulation victory over Coyotes since 2011 Mary St, Germain-Brown via Flickr


The streak is finally over

Matt Hendricks scored his first of the season, and Mark Letestu and Milan Lucic tallied first period goals as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 Tuesday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Before Tuesday’s game, the Coyotes had a 25-game point streak against the Oilers (21-0-4), and the last regulation win for the Oilers over the Desert Dogs was a 4-3 decision on January 25, 2011.

It is an astonishing streak, one that is now sixth-best when it comes to point streaks against one team. The Coyotes were a significantly team better when this streak started, but in recent seasons, the teams have seemed evenly matched, if not the Oilers holding the advantage on paper. But when there’s a will, there’s a way, and the Coyotes had kept the streak up for five seasons.

While five years (close to six) does not seem like a long time, a lot of things have happened since January 25, 2011:

  • There have been two US Presidential elections
  • The Coyotes have a new owner, and successfully re-branded themselves as the Arizona Coyotes
  • Radim Vrbata has had two different stints with the Coyotes
  • Winnipeg got an NHL franchise, as the Atlanta Thrashers became the Jets in the summer of 2011
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers brought the first major professional sports championship to Cleveland since 1964
  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years
  • The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have won two Stanley Cups each
  • The Oilers have drafted at the #1 overall position three times, and have drafted in the top 10 in each draft during the streak

With the recent trends in these two teams, it wouldn’t be surprising if a streak of this magnitude occurred in reverse fashion. The Oilers seem to be finally hitting their stride (took ’em long enough), and the Coyotes are a dumpster fire, one that can be extinguished with a flood of developed talent. With the unpredictability of the NHL each night, it is very unlikely that the world will see a streak this impressive for a long, long time.